Honest Elections Project: 77% of American Voters Want Voter ID, Only 28% Support HR 1

Michael W. Chapman | April 5, 2021 | 4:21pm EDT
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(CNS News) -- As President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress push for passage of HR 1, a massive election reform bill that Republicans largely oppose because they see it as a way to allow voter fraud and entrench Democratic rule nationwide, the Honest Elections Project  reports that only 28% of Americans support the legislation, and that contrary to the bill, 77% of Americans want voter ID.

H.R. 1, the For the People Act, "is out of sync with American voters," said HEP Executive Director Jason Snead in a report on the election reform debate. "Few embrace its particular provisions, or its guiding principle that election integrity and voter confidence measures make voting 'hard' and that Congress must impose new laws that eliminate them."

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"In fact, voters overwhelmingly prioritize maintaining confidence in elections over making voting 'easier.'" said Snead, a former senior policy analyst with the Heritage Foundation.  "Most Americans want credible elections backed up by fair rules that make voting both accessible and secure, and only 28% of voters support H.R. 1’s final passage once they are provided with an understanding of its provisions."

HEP's data on what Americans think of HR 1 was obtained through an online survey of 1,200 registered voters nationwide, in early March. 

Other findings from the survey show,

-- 64% of voters "want to strengthen voting safeguards to prevent fraud, rather than eliminate them to make voting 'easier.'"

-- Only 21% "want to make voting 'easier' by getting rid of the precautionary measures that prevent fraud."

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-- 77% of voters "want people to show a photo ID to cast a ballot, while only 14% oppose it." this majority includes 62% of Americans who voted for Joe Biden in 2020; 92% of Republicans; 75% of Independents; and 63% of Democrats.

-- 64% of black voters support voter ID, as do 78% of Hispanic voters. 

-- "Similarly, 64% of Black voters, 77% of Hispanics, and 76% of low-income voters reject the notion that showing an ID is a 'burden,' despite frequent claims from the left."

-- For absentee ballots, 66% of registered voters support requiring a voter ID. Sixty-four percent of young voters (age 18-24) back an absentee voter ID; 56% of seniors; 58% of blacks; 68%of Hispanics; and 62% of low-income voters. 

Jason Snead, executive director of the Honest Elections Project.  (HEP)
Jason Snead, executive director of the Honest Elections Project. (HEP)

"H.R. 1 expressly blocks absentee voter ID and other successful safeguards that shield elections against fraud," stated HEP's Jason Snead.


The poll also found that only 11% of registered voters think that "vote trafficking should be legal." And 62% say "it should be illegal for political operatives and paid organizers to have direct access to absentee voters as they vote, and then take unsupervised possession of their ballots."

Nonetheless, HR 1 "forces every community in the nation to allow it," said Snead.  "Vote trafficking has been used to intimidate and disenfranchise voters, and several states have banned it. H.R. 1 expressly overrules these sensible and popular laws."

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